Mavs clinch top spot in Area 4 with sweep of Klamath Falls

KLAMATH FALLS — After sewing up a playoff spot last week, the North Medford Mavericks American Legion A squad clinched the Area 4's top seed for the state tournament with a sweep of Klamath Falls on Sunday.

The Mavericks (43-13, 24-6 Area 4) won the first game 15-1 in six innings and the nightcap 19-3 in five. Both games were cut short by virtue of the 10-run mercy rule.

A.J. Miller went all six innings in Game 1 for the Mavericks to give up just one unearned run on five hits and walk five batters. He had only walked eight batters in 50 innings pitched this season. He added four strikeouts and improved his record to 7-0.

Miller helped his own cause going 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, three RBIs and two runs scored.

The Mavericks' Hayden Evans finished 4-for-4, drove in three and scored three times while Charlie Walker went 2-for-2 with a double, a triple, two RBIs and four runs scored.

Colton Westfall and Austin Zavala both went 2-for-4.

In the nightcap, Micah Brown, who ran his record to 9-1, went all five innings, allowed two earned runs on five hits and one walk and hit two batters. He also fanned five.

Brown went 3-for-3 with a double, a triple and three RBIs.

Taylor Raff had a bases-clearing triple in the second inning that helped the Mavericks gain a 5-0 lead.

Raff also added a double, and finished 2-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs.

The Mavericks' David Crofton went 3-for-3 with four runs scored and three RBIs, Bryan Carbonell had a 2-for-4, four-run, three-RBI effort and Walker finished 2-for-5.

FIRST GAME

North Medford 413 205 — 15 16 2

Klamath Falls 010 000 — 1 5 1

Miller and Zavala; Haskins, Harris (6) and McNearny. W — Miller (7-0). L — Haskins. 2B — NM: Walker, Miller; KF: Wolfram. 3B — NM: Miller, H. Evans, Walker, Brown.

SECOND GAME

North Medford 144 37 — 19 15 2

Klamath Falls 002 01 — 3 5 3

Brown and Zavala; Marquit, Montgomery (5), Harris (5) and Harris, Wolfram (5). W — Brown (9-1). L — Marquit. 2B — NM: Raff, Brown. 3B — NM: Crofton, Brown, Raff.

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